Tackling the 12th Man

Tackling the 12th Man

Well it’s playoff time in the NFL, and that means one thing, everyone seems to be Seattle Seahawks fan. The Seahawks fans call themselves “the 12th Man” which sounds cute. But here is the problem with the 12th man: he only watches the game from the sidelines; he never actually gets in the game. There is even a campaign that says, “I’m In.” Painting your face, buying a T-shirt, raising a flag, posting on social media, or even going to the game doesn’t mean you are “in,” it just means you are present. Even if “your” team does win, you don’t get the trophy or the ring, you just get to eat a few extra nachos.


Now before all of my Seattle fan readers get all upset, you ARE part of a movement by being the 12th man. You just aren’t in the game. You aren’t taking the hits. Let’s be honest; you were probably in your underwear eating your Frosted Flakes when the guys who are playing in the game are already on the field warming up for the game. Being a part of a movement is a great thing, but leading movements is even better. There is a lot of safety in being a part of a group of people on the sidelines. There is very little safety in allowing an angry 300-pound man to throw his body at you and knock you to the ground.


I have a confession… sometimes I approach life like the 12th man. I’m there, and I am even cheering for everyone who is in the game. There are times when I even coach the game. I have a passion and a gifting for helping others discover their passions and make their dreams happen. Those are all great things, but for me, I know it’s time to put myself out there and get in the game more. Some things I have been dreaming about for years are going to become reality this year. In the weeks and months ahead, I will have some big announcements coming your way. I will probably take some hits, and that is ok.




My word of the year for 2015 is: TACKLE


For 2015, I have made a decision; I’m going to skip the resolutions and just be resolved. Resolve is so much better than making list since I don’t like lists. So I decided to joint the tribe at OneWord365. You should join with us!


2014 was a year for me with lots of big goals, some that were achieved and some that haven’t quite crossed the finish line. The first week of 2015 has been full of life throwing punches — close friends and family dealing with death, divorce, and sickness. Life is going to be full of disappointment, delayed dreams, and heartbreak. Being a leader doesn’t exclude you from these things, in fact, it just makes you a bigger target because you are out front. Following Jesus doesn’t mean life is going to be easy, it just means that He is going to call you places where you are outside your comfort zone.


I love Rocky Balboa’s speech to his son in the last Rocky movie, “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”




I’m reminded of Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” There is no way I am going to be able to conquer the things I want to this year without God’s help, but I am confident that with His strength, anything is possible. So often we hear verses like this and act like those promises don’t apply to us. So with the power of the Creator of the universe, 2015 will be the year of the Tackle. I don’t know what lies before me, but I know that I will be coming at you head lowered and ready to hit hard. I’m sure there will be some obstacles and some defeats, but I plan on getting up and plowing through.


Comment below and let me know what your one word for 2015 is…

  • Kellie Boda

    GREAT POST TERRY!!!!!! SO much truth! You won’t move anywhere if your just standing on the sidelines. One of my Pastors had a quote I often remind myself of “Don’t be a spectator, be a PARTICIPATOR!” That last line of yours “…head lowered ready and ready to hit hard…” that’s the approach we all should take with life. I immensely appreciate your wisdom and encouragement you share to myself and the Noah University Family. I can’t wait to see you plow through 2015 and all the great things you will be accomplishing!!!

    • terryweaver

      Thanks for the encouragement Kellie. Glad to be an encouragement. Now lets get out there and hit hard!

  • John Knell

    Wonderful post Terry. I love the concept about being resolved instead of having resolutions. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got cooking in 2015. 🙂

    • terryweaver

      Thanks John! Can’t wait to see you cook up this year. If you every get bored and want to drive some Crown prime ribs from Jack Stack to Nashville let me know =)

  • Robin Faliveno Galindo

    Good thing you don’t have to tackle life alone. We are all a team and ready to back each other up. My word this year is COMPLETE. Leave nothing unfinished. Follow through. No more sitting on the sidelines….

    • terryweaver

      Thanks Robin! Complete is a good one I have some of that to do myself. Hoping for a little pixie dust to come my way this year with hard work.

  • 28nickels

    Awesome post Terry! Thank you for calling out the 12th man like myself. My word for this year is CONFIDENCE. Its incredibly easy to cheer and support others, to rally for them and help them achieve their dream. It’s harder to do it for yourself. This year, I’m going to do it. I’m going to ignore the fear and doubt and step out anyway. I’m going to learn how to be confident. I’m going to be a better person at the end of 2015. So thank you Terry for calling us out. Wishing you and yours a prosperous and tackle-filled year 🙂

    • terryweaver

      Thanks Nicole you’re the best. CONFIDENCE is a good one. So important to believe in yourself and more importantly in the power that we have through Christ. Don’t underestimate the gift you have to be a cheerleader. Cheerleaders play an important role, but I think sometimes you have to put down the pom poms and put on the shoulder pads and get the win.

  • Arianne

    Playing PRO – my word is PROFESSIONAL with my journey in session 1 of NoahU this has brought me further in my writing career than 20 years doing it alone. I have a pro resolve in me now, let’s do this thing! Approaching the field to play pro and not play amateur is a game chaner for me. Taking hits, leading my position on the field with confidence and not letting the noise or the enemy intimidate me is huge. Thanks for the Rocky and football analogy, two loves I would struggle to choose between.

    • terryweaver

      Thanks Arianne, the mental shift on being PRO is huge. I would recommend Turning PRO (and anything else he writes) by Steven Pressfield. The 1st step in approaching the field of play to to show up on the field ready to play. The best part of playing on a team is know you are alone. Can’t wait to see what you create.

  • Kevin Jacobs

    Terry, What a powerful blog and one that gives me so much hope that you do get to where you are headed in 2015. I know this year holds a lot of unknowns and struggles for us all. This is truly good inspiration my friend as I plan to keep my head up face all things new and take this ugly world head on. Thank you for sharing this!!

    • terryweaver

      Kevin thanks for engaging! The unknown is exciting and keeps on our toes. You got this man, 2015 is just waiting for you to attack it!

  • JohnnyKC

    Great post Terry. Inspirational on many levels and the Rocky quote has always been one of my favs.

    • terryweaver

      Thanks for the kind words means a lot. I know they made like 56.5 Rocky movies but gosh I loved the last one.

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